Hotels are pushing guests to book directly on their websites to avoid paying a 15% to 25% commission charged for bookings through websites including and Online travel agents say customers can compare prices and find lower rates by using online sites. “Consumers want the ability to see and compare all of their options, and they can’t do that when they book directly with a hotel,” said Stephen Shur, president of the Travel Technology Assn., a coalition of online travel sites. The battle comes as the nation’s hotels report record occupancy levels and near-record revenue per room. Get the full story at the Los Angeles Times Read also "How to build the value of booking direct versus OTAs" and "Expedia CEO warns hotels"